w/e - Sunday 15th April 2012
Alan Buttner from Dublin with "Tisha" our resident celebrity seven pounder!
On the hot stretch, Brian Bohan started very briskly but as the sun came up, the overall stamp of fish went down. At one stage there were over 15 anglers fishing the river, but some went home dissapointed. As the day progressed, Alan Buttner and Jamie Shields shared nine Tench between them with Jamie getting a specimen of 6lb 1oz. His father Christy also netting a brace. Elsewhere, below the bridge it was grim. I suffered my first blank near the beer table, as did the two anglers above me. Larry Kelly and Shane Wrightson both caught small Tench as dusk beckoned.
It is amazing how many anglers are doing overnight sessions this early in the year. Each night there is someone different. Last night there were three on the hot water stretch and one near the duckpond. Clive from Dublin (I think) caught his first Tench at around 07.15 this morning after a long period of nothingness. It was a huge fish but only weighed 5lb 7oz. Opposite the lillies near Ryans gate, Seamus Moorhouse was plagued by Rudd and, on this occasion, was frustrated in the Tinca department. On the gusher, Dessie O'Connor and friend Dan caught a mixed bag. Although their catch rate was not as prolific as others had experienced on previous nights, Dessie did have the excitement of a very good looking Bream of 5lb 5oz.
Dessie O'Connor and a 5lb 5oz Bream caught near the gusher
By mid afternoon the stretch saw many anglers and probably the best catch was by Steven Pascoe who had a very large Roach of 1lb 14oz. It was hard to say whether it had spawned or not. He also had a Rudd of a pound with a lot of smaller fish. On the disabled swims there were two Tench caught and a Bream of nearly 4lbs. I suffered my first completely blank day of the year, in fact I never had a bite at all. I think it's time to take up sky diving 'cos the anti depressants simply ain't working. I wonder if the village of Muff in Co. Roscommon has a diving club?
Hello to Ross in Sydney, Australia. Are you missing the hot stretch?
Only a fool gets up to go fishing in sub zero temperatures, but as anglers, this is what we do. On this occassion, I resisted the temptaion of bagging up by remaining in a warm bed until 07.30. I believe I made the right choice as there were 6 anglers below the bridge who caught just a solitary Tench between them. Two of them were still in their bivvies when I walked along, such was their enthusiasm! There were a couple of overnight anglers above the bush near Ryans gate and I'm told did very well but had left before 07.00. With very little cloud cover forecast for today, I believe it will be quite hard. I hope I'm proved wrong?
A very late report due to being out on the island where we fished for five hours for seven fish between three of us. It was bloody cold and ice was starting to appear on the brolly. I was glad to get back to the harbour.
I had a midnight walk to find the group of five still searching for the elusive tincas on the disabled swims. Two were caught this evening and a handful of mongrels. Before I went out this evening, I learned it was harder than I predicted. One angler had a Roach of 1lb 12oz but in general the fishing was very poor..
There was a white tinge of frost on the grass in the garden this morning so the Chinese Grand Prix was a far more entertaining prospect than freezing my dingly-danglys on the river. A further two very small Tench were caught along with a good number of Hybrids. Two anglers were near the gusher but left before I had my walk. At mid day it was still very cold and there were not too many anglers at present.
Not the best of afternoons with the sunshine revealing few visible fish. Daniel Hoare fished the pole to record around 25lbs of the usual suspects. Shane and Rory Wrightson were above the bush which performed poorly but still managed to catch about 15lbs. For the first time in what seems an eternity, I had the river to myself this evening, and that included the fish which had also decided not to show as I blanked again!
Some local residents have commented about the amount of rubbish supposedly left by anglers whilst bivvying on or around the disabled swims. This was complete nonsense as most, if not all the mess is caused by local youths near the beer table, which incidently is a memorial to lots of people who drowned over two hundred years ago. The Dublin lads who have persevered without too much success in the past few days, cleared every bit of waste, even stuff which was probably not theirs. I found just a solitary teabag that went a miss. I'll raise my (half empty) glass to them. They were a credit to our sport.